MediaPortal 2.1.1 for Windows

by Team MediaPortal

Avg. Rating 4.2 (168 votes)

File Details

File Size 91.2 MB
License Open Source
Operating System Windows 7/8/10
Date Added
Total Downloads 28,467
Publisher Team MediaPortal
Homepage MediaPortal

Publisher's Description

MediaPortal is an Open Source application ideal for turning your PC / TV into a very advanced Media Center. MediaPortal allows you to listen to your favorite music & radio, watch and store your videos and DVDs, view, schedule and record live TV as a digital video recorder and much much more. You get MediaPortal as Open Source software. This means you can help in developing MediaPortal or tweak it for your own needs with lots of innovating plugins from our great community.

Latest Reviews

CyberDoc999

CyberDoc999 reviewed v2.1 Pre-Release on Feb 6, 2017

nice to see this up to date
it works better now

some guy

some guy reviewed v1.2.0 RC on Aug 30, 2011

fails to find 1 channel Hauppauge 1600 tv card

hilfer

hilfer reviewed v1.2.0 RC on Aug 30, 2011

The best and the easier to configure.

Vimes

Vimes reviewed v1.1.0 Beta 1 on Sep 1, 2009

I would spend sometime reading the release notes within their forum....

http://forum.team-mediap...eased-69653/#post502427

...whilst this beat does require testing and feedback you must remember that it is a beta and not recommended to use full time on a media PC. For that they have version 1.02 which has been working a treat for me for a while. I am using it on Windows 7 x64 and the only issues I had was the refresh rate not auto changing when playing 24hz material and some issues with my remote control. However both of these were fixed with help from their supportive forums.

Media Portal is worth all the effort to get it to work but I had limited success in ever getting the TV function to show a populated EPG. I ended up buying DVB pro and I use that for the TV viewing.

at80

at80 reviewed v1.0.1 on Apr 14, 2009

Media Portal is an excellent product and free! I prefer it over MediaCenter as it has more functionality, is faster and has much better features. Only gripe is that you need to spend time setting it up and configuring it or customizing it for your system....too many options.

Vimes

Vimes reviewed v1.0.1 on Apr 14, 2009

It is an excellent and well supported piece of software that is very worthy of a donation to help to fund it, albeit it is free.
However my only reservations in its configuration is the complexity that could overwhelm the new user. Whilst I have used it for several months now I have decided to use Media Portal for media files and then purchase DVB-Viewer for the TV function as I found the TV aspect of MP to be confusing and difficult to use compared to DVB-Viewer (which is not free unlike MP).
I have tried Windows 7 Media Centre and that is simplicity in itself. It found my TV card immediately and I had a fully populated EPG and working TV function from the start. The media support from Media Centre is not as capable as Media Portal (when using the TV series plugin and My Films plugin) but again it is very very easy to setup.

Both Media Centre within Windows 7 and Media Portal are great products and as MP matures I do hope that it will become easier to configure and not as daunting as it is compared to MC. I have a feeling that there is not a consolidated focus on simplifying the setup and configuration of MP, even though there is a newbie section within their forums, and this is, in my opinion, where MC within Windows will win every time.

On balance, if you have the time patience and skill, I would recommend using MP, just ensure that you also grab the subtitle integration files as they did not make the 1.01 release in time for them to be included, if needed. Also spend a lot of time reading up within MP's forums to get an idea of how it functions.

frankwick

frankwick reviewed v1.0.0.0 RC2 on Jul 22, 2008

I love this program, I have used it for 18 months (at least) and it is has come a long way in that time. I mean, a looong way. However to say this is as polished as Windows MCE is either crazy, uninformed, or complete MS bashing. Whatever the case, both are good products, one is a free add-on, the other is included with Windows. Windows MCE has been out since 2004 and has made significant progress itself. It is the better of the two products, but that is not a slam on MediaPortal.

vincent326

vincent326 reviewed vII Infinity Technology Preview on Dec 28, 2007

I cannot play anything with it on my laptop, so disappointed!

at80

at80 reviewed vII Infinity Technology Preview on Dec 20, 2007

The regular MediaPortal is FANTASTIC!!! It kicks the pants off every other media-centre (including Microsoft). Unfortunately MediaPortal II Infinity is very much a work in progress and at least on my system crawls at a snails pace and lacks so much compared to its lineage. Until a lot more work is done, don't waste your time!

Budgie29

Budgie29 reviewed vII Infinity Technology Preview on Dec 18, 2007

his is impressive
GUI is very clean I know it’s just like M$
But for open source software this is absolutely fanstastic.brillant

I would have expected to have to pay ££ for this
What would be the ultimate is to have support for external media players...given this is a preview and not even a beta they will ahve along way to go to impress me given what they have shown what they ca do ... only snag is its resorse hungry .. But I have not knocked them for it

Keep up the good work lads and let’s show how freeware/open source software can rock

Avg. Rating 4.2 (168 votes)
Your Rating
CyberDoc999

CyberDoc999 reviewed v2.1 Pre-Release on Feb 6, 2017

nice to see this up to date
it works better now

some guy

some guy reviewed v1.2.0 RC on Aug 30, 2011

fails to find 1 channel Hauppauge 1600 tv card

hilfer

hilfer reviewed v1.2.0 RC on Aug 30, 2011

The best and the easier to configure.

Vimes

Vimes reviewed v1.1.0 Beta 1 on Sep 1, 2009

I would spend sometime reading the release notes within their forum....

http://forum.team-mediap...eased-69653/#post502427

...whilst this beat does require testing and feedback you must remember that it is a beta and not recommended to use full time on a media PC. For that they have version 1.02 which has been working a treat for me for a while. I am using it on Windows 7 x64 and the only issues I had was the refresh rate not auto changing when playing 24hz material and some issues with my remote control. However both of these were fixed with help from their supportive forums.

Media Portal is worth all the effort to get it to work but I had limited success in ever getting the TV function to show a populated EPG. I ended up buying DVB pro and I use that for the TV viewing.

at80

at80 reviewed v1.0.1 on Apr 14, 2009

Media Portal is an excellent product and free! I prefer it over MediaCenter as it has more functionality, is faster and has much better features. Only gripe is that you need to spend time setting it up and configuring it or customizing it for your system....too many options.

Vimes

Vimes reviewed v1.0.1 on Apr 14, 2009

It is an excellent and well supported piece of software that is very worthy of a donation to help to fund it, albeit it is free.
However my only reservations in its configuration is the complexity that could overwhelm the new user. Whilst I have used it for several months now I have decided to use Media Portal for media files and then purchase DVB-Viewer for the TV function as I found the TV aspect of MP to be confusing and difficult to use compared to DVB-Viewer (which is not free unlike MP).
I have tried Windows 7 Media Centre and that is simplicity in itself. It found my TV card immediately and I had a fully populated EPG and working TV function from the start. The media support from Media Centre is not as capable as Media Portal (when using the TV series plugin and My Films plugin) but again it is very very easy to setup.

Both Media Centre within Windows 7 and Media Portal are great products and as MP matures I do hope that it will become easier to configure and not as daunting as it is compared to MC. I have a feeling that there is not a consolidated focus on simplifying the setup and configuration of MP, even though there is a newbie section within their forums, and this is, in my opinion, where MC within Windows will win every time.

On balance, if you have the time patience and skill, I would recommend using MP, just ensure that you also grab the subtitle integration files as they did not make the 1.01 release in time for them to be included, if needed. Also spend a lot of time reading up within MP's forums to get an idea of how it functions.

frankwick

frankwick reviewed v1.0.0.0 RC2 on Jul 22, 2008

I love this program, I have used it for 18 months (at least) and it is has come a long way in that time. I mean, a looong way. However to say this is as polished as Windows MCE is either crazy, uninformed, or complete MS bashing. Whatever the case, both are good products, one is a free add-on, the other is included with Windows. Windows MCE has been out since 2004 and has made significant progress itself. It is the better of the two products, but that is not a slam on MediaPortal.

vincent326

vincent326 reviewed vII Infinity Technology Preview on Dec 28, 2007

I cannot play anything with it on my laptop, so disappointed!

at80

at80 reviewed vII Infinity Technology Preview on Dec 20, 2007

The regular MediaPortal is FANTASTIC!!! It kicks the pants off every other media-centre (including Microsoft). Unfortunately MediaPortal II Infinity is very much a work in progress and at least on my system crawls at a snails pace and lacks so much compared to its lineage. Until a lot more work is done, don't waste your time!

Budgie29

Budgie29 reviewed vII Infinity Technology Preview on Dec 18, 2007

his is impressive
GUI is very clean I know it’s just like M$
But for open source software this is absolutely fanstastic.brillant

I would have expected to have to pay ££ for this
What would be the ultimate is to have support for external media players...given this is a preview and not even a beta they will ahve along way to go to impress me given what they have shown what they ca do ... only snag is its resorse hungry .. But I have not knocked them for it

Keep up the good work lads and let’s show how freeware/open source software can rock

brusco

brusco reviewed v0.2.3.0 RC2 on Sep 6, 2007

@Tao2005
IMHO even if Mediaportal wasnt free it would still kick Windows MCE 2005's ass. Easy. I really like the way Media Portal handles its business.

The fact that its free is a bonus. The other free alternative is Yahoo's Go! For TV, which is the most horrible and annoying piece of sh*t that ever graced my hard-drive. It has sign up nag screens, "special" yahoo content (i.e. ads and sh*tty trailers), while hiding your mp3s and videos behind loads of unnecessary menus. AARRRGGHHH

Long live Media Portal!

Tao2005

Tao2005 reviewed v0.2.3.0 RC2 on Sep 6, 2007

Let me know when this program comes out in it final. I use a previous version of this, and it is awesome. Blow Microsoft's version of this out of the water. Not to mention, the price. Come on now, you have to admit that this is a good price.

Did some research on this, and compared them together. Ladies and gentalmen, the results are in. This program is way better then Microsoft's version.

Don't know bout you, but this is for me. Oh sure you can spend hundereds, and hundered of dollars on microsoft products. Microsoft is overly rated, and overly priced.

No wonder Bill Gates is a millionaire. He prices his products to high. The bottom line is you can't beat free

Tao2005

Tao2005 reviewed v0.2.3.0 RC1 on Jul 13, 2007

Well aside it taking a while to load, once loaded, everything is right there. Great Program. My expirence with this program is noncomplaintive.

photonboy

photonboy reviewed v0.2.3.0 RC1 on Jun 15, 2007

Vastly improved from the last time I used it.

It's definitely worth checking out. I've selected Ffdshow for audio and video but it's not using them. Also, my Zoomplayer refuses to use Ffdshow for audio (now using the default MediPortal codec) which is a problem because I have to crank up the volume higher than I'd like. I don't understand why this isn't working properly.

It's definitely worth checking out.

I own MCE 2005, but it's essentially useless to me (Media Center that is). MediaPortal is far superior. One thing I like is that I can use the mouse to start my videos part way through. I'm really disgusted how Microsoft puts out a product then refuses to update it despite thousands of request.

Many people may even find this program perfect for their needs so definitely try it.

computershack

computershack reviewed v0.2.2.0 on Dec 26, 2006

WOW. I've run MCE on VISTA and this is a good comparison. Even detected and ran all the features on my apparently unsupported Hauppauge HVR 1300. Even the remote works properly which it doesn't under VISTA.

If there's a downside, it's the messing about required to get the EPG working. Apart from that, no gripes.

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